Saturday, 30 May 2015

10 Home Remedies for Sore Throat

10 Home Remedies for Sore ThroatSore throats mean a lot of things. It can mean you're getting ill or contracting a cold (and even a sign that you've pushed your vocal cords too far). No matter the reason, the first thing you want to do is take care of the pain your trouble throat is causing you. 

Home Remedies for Sore Throat

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Luckily, there are a handful of home remedies for sore throat that do a good job of taking care of the problem. Some cost money, though not much, and others are tricks you can do with stuff lying around the house. It's up to you want you want to do, but we'll list 10 solid remedies that usually work for most people.

1. Anti-inflammatories

You've probably heard that if something is hurting, you should take a pain reliever. Anti-inflammatories work somewhat different than just Aspirin. An NSAID (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drug) is a mixture of pain relievers and anti-inflammatories, meaning it quells swelling and inflammation along with killing pain. Tylenol and Advil are a couple cheap options (see: acetaminophen and ibuprofen) readily available at just about any drug store.

2. The Gold Old Salt Water Rinse

Your mom has probably told you to try this trick if you're having a sore throat. If the irritation is being caused by a bacteria, this salty solution of warm water and table salt will kill a lot of pathogens on the surface of your throat (especially if you have tonsils). Combine about ½ teaspoon of table salt in 1 cup of warm water and mix. If it's too salty, try a dash of honey in it. Note this won't work if the cause is strain, but it's a good goto nonetheless.

3. Throat Sprays (And Lozenges)

 Cheap, easy and effective, you can find these at any pharmacy. The spray works faster and numbs the sore areas and, depending on the brand, can help reduce inflammation. Lozenges do the same thing but they last longer and taste better (they take slightly longer to act, though).

Also Check : Cure Sore Throat Without Medicines

4. Cough Syrup

 Cough syrup does a good job of alleviating throat pain. It's a combination of anti-cough agents and NSAIDs, making it incredibly potent. Try a non-drowsy formula if you need to make it through the day. The non-brand stuff is just as good as the pricier medicine as well.

5. Staying Hydrated

 You read that right: keep hydrated. You need to stay hydrated to combat illnesses and it also helps your cells regenerate faster. Regardless of the reason, sipping water throughout the day (especially if its cool or cold) will do a good job of flushing toxins out of your system and giving your immune system an edge.

6. Herbal Tea

 Tea has been known to soothe sore throats and works fairly fast, depending on the kind of tea. Don't forget to add a spoonful of honey as well. There are also some antibacterial components of certain teas, helping your body speed up the delicious healing process.

7. Chicken Broth

 You can also do the chicken noodle soup version, but warm chicken broth is a good idea. The broth is full of sodium (aka: salt), so not only is it delicious, it will help cut back on the inflammation in your throat. It's also got plenty of nutrients too (compared to plain water).

8. Marshmallows

 Yes, you read that correctly (kind of). There's no research to back this up because it's relatively new, but the marshmallows of today are said to help with sore throats. The sap of a marshmallow plant has been known to have soothing effects, so give it a try. If not, it's an excuse to try the delicious treat.

9. Sleep, Rest, Repeat

 Next to hydration, rest is one of the most important things you can do when you're sick. Even if it's nothing related to illness (such as strained muscles or simply being exhausted), sleep does amazing things for your body. Rest is important too. You may be wondering what the difference between sleep and rest is, but rest assured it's not complicated. Sleep is the act of actually sleeping and rest is the process of taking it slow, i.e. laying in a bed and relaxing with some broth or tea while getting your vitamins and water in.

10. Natural Antibiotics

 You can find natural antibiotic supplements in stores and pharmacies. Try garlic, echinacea or oregano oil. These have powerful effects and help your immune system combat an infection.

Bonus: Vitamins

 While this won't remedy it right away, make sure to get your multivitamin in daily (unless you're eating really, really well and most of us aren't). Also consider a zinc and vitamin C supplement to help with the process.

Conclusion

Taking care of a sore throat can be done at home most of the time. If you do suffer a prolonged high fever with no reduction in symptoms, see a doctor. Make sure to try all of the above, especially 9, 1 and 5. Your body is a natural powerhouse for fighting infections and healing damaged tissue, so take advantage of it. 

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